Within the last decade or so we’ve witnessed an alarming number of agenda-driven individuals getting into the teaching profession. They often wish to push their own skewed version of history concerning indisputable historical events.
This latest incident involves an entire school district; including the principal attempting to willfully deceit young minds took place at the Spanish River High School, in Boca Raton, Fla.
Principal William Latson actually dared to publicly question whether the Holocaust was a “historical, factual” event.
The mind-numbing assertion by Principal Latson, who happens to be a minority himself, came by way of an email exchange between himself and a concerned mother questioning the school’s methodology regarding how teachers broach difficult historical subject matters.
She already had a fearful apprehension that her son wasn’t receiving a proper historical education of past pivotal events which seemed casually regarded by the teaching staff, who viewed such historical events as optional subjects without any in-depth analysis of how those events changed the course of humankind.
She assumed, however, that perhaps she had misjudged the administration and the email between herself and Principal Latson would alleviate her concerns. In particular, she wanted to know how the teaching staff was handling the subject of the Holocaust, and if the school was making that “a priority” within their curriculum?
However, the response she received 5-days later once again ignited her worst fears. In an email reply, Latson assured her that the school had “a variety of activities” for Holocaust education.
However, he explained matter-a-factly that lessons are “not forced upon individuals as we all have the same rights but not all the same beliefs.”
The mother, who asked not to be named to protect her child’s identity, was stunned. Was the principal of one of Palm Beach County’s largest public schools suggesting that the Holocaust was a belief rather than an actual event?
Believing that Latson may have expressed himself poorly, she wrote back, asking him to clarify his comments. “The Holocaust is a factual, historical event,” she wrote. “It is not a right or a belief.”
She expected a harsh response from Principal Latson, lambasting her for questioning what is an indisputable historic fact, along with his standing as a veteran educator.
However, what she received by return email was shocking.
“Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened,” he wrote, according to email records obtained by The Palm Beach Post through a public records request. “And you have your thoughts, but we are a public school, and not all of our parents have the same beliefs.”
To make matters worse (if that’s possible), Latson doubled down stating that as an educator, he had “the role to be politically neutral but support all groups in the school.”
What followed is without a doubt the most mind-numbing explanation regarding the Holocaust coming from an educator stating, “I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee,” Latson wrote.
The firestorm Principal Latson created by attempting to be politically correct forced him to once again explain himself.
“I regret that the verbiage that I used when responding to an email message from a parent, one year ago, did not accurately reflect my professional and personal commitment to educating all students about the atrocities of the Holocaust,” Latson said in a statement to the newspaper.
I mentioned in passing within the article that Principal Latson was black; I purposely noted that distention because I would be interested considering Latson bizarre teaching methodology of ignoring history if we assumed that slavery wasn’t “a factual, historical event.” I wonder how he would react to such willful misinformation.